Wanderlust Quilts – 10 Modern Projects Inspired by Classic Art & Architecture
What do you get when you cross archaeology and quilting? Wanderlust Quilts
Wanderlust, as defined by our friends at Merriam-Webster, is a strong longing or impulse for travel. It is also a longing that develops in an archaeologist-turned-quilter who uses buildings, facades, tile floors and other moments captured in history to inform her heart and her quilting.
Take it one more step. Wanderlust Quilts is the book where author Amanda Leins (we call her Mandy) shows us that taking a risk and making quilts based on much-beloved things will produce beautiful quilts. And we, too, can tap into the power of wanderlust whether it captures our attention in architecture, nature, furniture, geometry, the flowers outside our front door, the kids in the house or the simple symmetry of “traditional” patchwork blocks.
For example, the book’s “cover girl,” Flowing Fabric, speaks to the beauty, richness and depth of ancient textiles and the lengths to which textile makers would go to find just the right color (dye) for the fabric at hand.
Flowing Fabric and the book’s other nine projects also take a decidedly fun turn with shapes and textures, and give us a fresh look at the quilting world through the eyes of a lover of history and architecture. Mandy encourages us to look at the world for inspiration, and then translate that inspiration into quilts that communicate what we see and feel. She also urges us to take pride in our work (as mostly women in this industry, we often don’t) and know that, while much of our handiwork will not last because it’s meant to be used, it still has meaning far beyond the moment.
Each quilt in the book teaches different techniques, ranging from strip piecing and sewing mitered corners to improv piecing and reducing bulk in the seams. Each lesson helps improve our quilting style or give us another tool in our quilt kit as we work to become better quilters and better students of our art.
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